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November 12th

Dixie salutes Veterans Day

“I just finished a demo CD three weeks ago,” she said. “I have eight songs that I wrote on there.”
Gentille, as a teenager, auditioned for the Liberace show in Las Vegas and was selected to tour with him in 1986. Liberace later invited her to perform at his last Radio City Music Hall engagement in New York City. He referred to her as the “Piano Princess,” a nickname that Gentille’s fans still know her by today. Liberace’s style may have influenced Gentille’s stage show.

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November 10th

Parish incentives target glass plant

Without the furnaces, the plant would close, Shonkwiler said. One new furnace is slated to be built this year and the other — if it is feasible — in September of 2009.
Scott Terry, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber began working with Saint-Gobain to help drive forward the $52 million project, because the replacements could be a “make or break deal” for keeping the plant in Simsboro.

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Playoffs next for prepsters

The No. 15-seeded RHS squad will take an overall record of 7-3 and District 1-5A mark of 5-3 into a 7 p.m. meeting at James Stadium against No. 18-seeded Denham Springs (7-2, 4-1).
Cedar Creek and Grambling High will be two of five representatives out of District 2-1A to kick off a “second season” and both will be heading to south Louisiana for battles against two of the state’s most successful programs in Class 1A.

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Lecture series preps artists

For the next series lecture at the Enterprise Center on Dec. 10, Doug Kennedy, co-founder of the popular T-shirt and accessories brand, Mojoware, of Monroe, will speak about his creative operation. In 2009 the Enterprise Center will add more to its roster of lectures, and I personally cannot wait to see what’s in store. Both students and non-students who are interested in securing or carving out a job in the arts should make it a point to attend and hear from professionals how they made a niche for themselves in the highly competitive art world.

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Get involved with city's development

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help direct the future of the city we call home happens Tuesday. On “Community Visioning Day,” the Ruston Civic Center will host two sessions for the public to voice their goals and dreams for the future.
Attendees are asked to consider the following questions:
• What do you find special about the character of Ruston?
• What changes should we consider to improve our community?
• What would we like Ruston to be known for in the future?
The first visioning session will begin at 9 a.m., and the second begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Veterans celebrated

Dressed as Betsy Ross, Kathie Colvin attended the children’s and information booth. She said she was fascinated by the amount of artifacts the museum contains.
“It’s probably the best-kept secret in north Louisiana,” she said. “I could just spend hours looking at the artifacts. There is such a variety for such a small building. I wish that more people knew about it and that more people would come out.”
The crowd who did know of the event at the museum listened to a brief program, Stevens said, reminding people why Veterans Day is observed.

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Schools’ scores are a mixed bag

The district’s score earned it a label of two stars. In order to earn three stars, a district must have a score of 100.
Louisiana’s long-term goal is for all schools to be designated four stars or above by 2014. This means they must have an SPS of 120 or above. Louisiana’s 2008 Baseline SPS of 86.3 earned it a label of two stars.
Scores among K-8 schools are based on LEAP and iLEAP scores and attendance. For high school, they are calculated from GEE and iLEAP scores and the dropout rates.

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Tech: Finally, a road win

Eligibility is one thing, of course. But a key road win over one of the other Western Athletic Conference teams contending for a bowl berth and a favorable remaining schedule have given the Bulldogs (5-4, 3-2 WAC) a sunny disposition, no matter what the weather.
“Our goal is still out there in reach — a bowl bid,” linebacker Brannon Jackson said. “We’re 1-0 this week. Next week, we’ll try to win, and be 1-0 for that weekend. If we continue with that, we should reach our goal.”

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He likes vanilla, I go for chocolate

Messy vs. neat:
The never-ending battle
I wouldn’t go so far as to describe myself as a “neat freak,” but I do tend to prefer that the areas where I spend time — my house, my cubicle at work — are at least picked up. Husband Nick, on the other hand, doesn’t mind a bit if every visible surface is piled high with an impressive layer of clean and dirty clothes, papers, magazines, dog toys, food wrappers, etc.

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Grambling’s situation still not resolved

On top of that, the council and Mayor Martha Andrus have had trouble this year seeing eye to eye, and friction at a special called meeting Wednesday for publicly receiving the audit just added fuel to that fire.
The tense relationship stretches back months. In February, Andrus reported a security breach in town hall involving possible misappropriation or theft. Louisiana State Police conducted an external investigation into the incident, and contact with the attorney general’s office led Andrus to request a forensic auditor to intervene. No results were determined.

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